Belfast Airport Passports You need a valid passport to enter the Republic or Northern Ireland. Air and sea carriers require some form of photo identification (usually either a passport or driving licence), so ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling. While e-passports are commonly used now, you don't need one to enter Ireland. Visas GCC national visitors to the Republic of Ireland require an Irish visa. GCC national visitors to Northern Ireland require a UK visa. Republic of Ireland visa procedures An online visa application facility for Ireland is available to GCC national visitors. You can apply online at the Irish Nationalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Once your application is completed you must then submit your documentation to the relevant Irish Embassy, visa office or Consulate. Visas for Northern Ireland GCC national visitors to Northern Ireland require a UK visa. For further information and guidelines, please visit VFS Global. Short stay Visa Waiver Program The Short-Stay Visa Waiver Scheme allows GCC visitors who have valid UK visit visas to also visit Ireland, without the need for an Irish visa. Recommended reading Travel Essentials Use our travel essentials checklist: everything you need to know from pets to public holidays, languages and more. Customs and Borders Before you get on that plane, take a look at the customs and borders procedures you can expect when you step off. Travelling in Ireland Whether it's by air, road or sea, we've got the lowdown you'll need on any mode of travel around the island.